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Prospect Profiles are back, with today’s feature on Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. Fleener is one of the top tight ends in this year’s crop, mostly alternating between one or two now thanks in part to Georgia product Orson Charles’s recent DUI. Fleener is such an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and playmaking ability, as well as his substantial experience in a pro style offense while at Stanford.

Take a closer look after the jump.

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With both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum likely out for the beginning of the upcoming season after suffering torn ACLs in the Super Bowl, the Giants will assuredly do something about the tight end position in the offseason. The selection of top free agents at the position is nothing to write home about, bringing us to today’s Prospect Profile: tight end Dwayne Allen of Clemson.

Given Allen’s ability at the tight end position and the high demand for a tight end at the moment, he would be an ideal mix of value and need at the end of round one.
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As the 2012 NFL Draft approaches following the Giants’ Super XLVI victory, a safety could once again be on the team’s list of targets – similar to the 2008 Draft following the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory, in which they drafted Kenny Phillips.

That brings us to today’s Prospect Profile, safety Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame. While not without athletic ability, he lacks the top athleticism of other safety prospects. But the strength of Smith’s game lies in his fundamental soundness. He is a well-rounded and solid football player, who does everything well and is excellent in his execution. Let’s see if he’s a good fit after the jump.

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Last week, we highlighted three areas of need for Big Brother. Today, we’ll highlight three areas of need for Little Brother. Despite an 8-8 season in 2011, the Jets reached the AFC Championship in 2009 and 2010. While making an AFC Championships is never an accomplishment in New York, the Jets have proven they have the talent to get to big games. With the NFL Draft approaching in April, here are three possible routes the Jets could take.

Could Bama's Barron Be A Fit?

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This past season as a whole (specifically the NFC Championship game) revealed to the masses that the Giants’ offensive line needs help going forward. But let’s look at it from another angle, and not overreact to one game that featured the NFL’s best front seven. For long stretches during the year and especially towards the start of the season, the offensive line was terrible. To me, this is partly because of injuries and a short training camp. An injury to Will Beatty at left tackle forced David Diehl to play two positions – and with a broken hand, too. The rushing attack was atrocious thanks slightly to Ahmad Bradshaw’s ineffective play because of a persistent foot injury, as well as Brandon Jacobs being unhappy. Finally, with a shuffling lineup up front and a brand new anchor in the middle (David Baas) it made jelling as a collective unit difficult. Tack on a shortened training camp with much less time to come together and difficulties should have been expected along the way. It wasn’t until much later in the year (later than we liked) when this unit really began to click – when a rapport was built weeks after it normally would/could/should have been.

In the past three Drafts they’ve in total drafted three linemen (two tackles, one guard): Beatty, Mitch Petrus and James Brewer. Center David Baas just signed a 5-year/$27-mil. deal. Veterans Diehl and Chris Snee are in the team’s short-term plans. Sixth man Kevin Boothe is coming off of a strong season in which he played every position along the line except tight end.

To me, it seems Big Blue has good pieces in place along the offensive line – the only lingering question mark is right tackle Kareem McKenzie. Reports are emerging that the 33-year-old will most likely not be re-signed in the offseason and for much of the year McKenzie looked the part of a replacement level player. There are plenty of talented offensive linemen in this year’s Draft. From top to bottom this is one of the more impressive guard classes that I’ve seen in recent years, and there are a few impact-from-day-one tackles.

Clearly offensive lineman is the biggest need on the offensive line. Even clearer than that, though, is the Giants don’t draft based on need. The Giants have considered taking a tackle in the first round in the last few Drafts and this year may not be any different. Let’s take a look today at a top offensive tackle prospect who could be the best player available when the Giants are on the clock – Ohio State’s Mike Adams.

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This is a feature we do every year, running from the start of the Giants’ offseason all the way up to the NFL Draft. For past profiles and other great Draft articles, check out our NFL Draft page.

The New York Football Giants are just six days removed from their fourth Super Bowl and eighth total NFL Championship in the franchise’s storied history.

Sports Illustrated

But you can bet the Giants’ front office has put the celebration behind and is already hard at work preparing for next season and for this April’s Draft. NY SOS is no different. Of course, us Giants fans are still riding high, but it’s time for the organization to focus on the next one, and not the most recent one.

With that, let’s kick off this year’s Prospect Profiles with Zach Brown, outside linebacker from North Carolina.
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Yesterday, I stated my case for a Giant dynasty and some tough free agent decisions they’ll have to make. 

Today, we’ll dive into three areas of need for the defending Super Bowl Champs. While some teams decide to address needs through free agent signings, the Giants have built their championship teams through the NFL Draft. Since their last Super Bowl championship in 2007, the Giants have added seven impact starters in the draft. More impressively, the Giants have struck gold with their last four first round picks. Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, the Giants can choose one of three routes to fill some obvious voids.

2010 First Rounder, JPP

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Yesterday, I analyzed the AFC East draft haul. Today, it’s time to look at Big Blue’s competition. The Washington Redskins addressed their defensive line need by drafting defensive end, Ryan Kerrigan in the first round. The team did not address the quarterback position in the draft, but that may just be Mike Shanahan realizing that no player could help the Redskins this season. The Dallas Cowboys addressed their woeful offensive line by drafting tackle, Tyron Smith with the ninth overall selection. Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles came away with bit of a mixed bag, drafting eleven total players including Casey Matthews, brother of Clay. Overall, the NFC East addressed needs and added some interesting prospects that will have immediate impacts in 2011.


Hilarious. Eli and Alex at the Super Bowl

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Today, we are going to look at the respective NFL Draft hauls for each of the Jets AFC foes. The Buffalo Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs in 12 years, still do not have a franchise quarterback and have routinely ignored pressing needs, especially with their offensive line. On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins have assembled one of the better, young offensive lines in the NFL. The Dolphins are still unsettled at quarterback and running back, but a strong offensive line is a great foundation. Finally, the New England Patriots continue to reload, addressing needs and selecting value picks all over the draft. When free agency gets under way (hopefully sooner rather than later), all four of the AFC East teams figure to be active. The Jet offensive players are currently at ‘Jets West’ in California, working to get ready for the 2011 season.


Mark Throwing Passes At Jets West

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Yesterday, I gave the Jets a B for their 2011 draft haul. Today, I’m going to analyze the Giants picks. The Giants got the second best value in the first round (hats off to Detroit for Nick Fairley) when they selected Prince Amukamara (aka da kid from Nebrakser) with the 19th selection. The Giants added some other playmakers later in the draft, highlighted by defensive tackle, Marvin Austin in the second round and wide receiver, Jerrel Jernigan in the third. How did the entire Giants draft class stack up though?


A Very Happy Amukamara Family

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